We all know Taiwanese PC maker Acer has been doing a great job in making PCs. In fact, we used to own an Acer Timeline X laptop and had it for 3 years. We sold it months ago to a mother who wants a good performing 2nd hand laptop for her 8-year old son to help him with his studies. Until now its still in good working condition. Acer also builds and sells budget Android and Windows tablets too which also became a hit here.
Now, Acer has officially entered our local smartphone scene hoping to get the same reception with their PCs and tablets. When we dropped by the Acer store in SM Megamall, we were greeted by their newly announced smartphones. One of which is the Acer Liquid Jade with its pastel-colored matte finish body.
Acer Liquid Jade:
- 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
- Mali 400Mp2 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels) 294 ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth,
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P14,990
- Status: Available on Acer stores and retailers
The first time you saw the Acer Liquid Jade, you’ll probably say its for girls. And you’re right. The curves and the pastel color options will definitely appeal to girl buyers. We do like the black variant here but unfortunately its fingerprint magnet. It has a large 5-inch HD display though not in full HD or Quad HD, the sharpness and vibrancy are still impressive. Viewing angles are good too.
The Liquid Jade runs on vanilla Android. So if you hate Android smartphones with custom UI, take a good look at this phone. We were not able to further test it since it is just a demo unit and we have limited time with it. During our time with it we never encountered any lag.
As for our first impressions, we think it is a good smartphone. However, we just find it a little expensive since most smartphones with the same specs (including another Taiwanese PC and smartphone maker Asus) are priced below 10k.